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Australia greyhound report finds ‘barbaric’ cruelty


Perth : Animal cruelty is widespread in the Queensland greyhound racing industry, says an Australian government report. Its author, Alan MacSporran, QC, said the industry had failed systematically to assess and manage how animals were treated by trainers and racers. The report follows the release of footage earlier this year of trainers using live animals to bait racing dogs. Mr MacSporran said the ...

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Bill Shorten Australian opposition leader introduces same-sex marriage bil


Canberra, June 1: Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten on Monday introduced a same-sex marriage bill in the Federal Parliament. The Australian Labour Party leader’s private members bill proposes replacing the words “man and woman” with the term “two people” to define who can be legally married, ABC reported.he same-sex marriage debate in Australia gained momentum this week days after Ireland’s ...

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Sydney teacher in court over multiple charges of sexual assault


Sydney: A 37-year-old teacher faces more than 30 charges of aggravated sexual assault and aggravated sexual intercourse after he allegedly had sexual relationships with two underage students over almost three years.Cameron White, from Eveleigh in central Sydney, did not apply for bail or appear before the court when his matter was heard at Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday. Police documents ...

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Wedding Cake Rock Instagram craze: hashtag visitors on edge of danger


Perth : Search #weddingcakerock on Instagram and you’ll come up with more than 3500 images of grinning young people on and around a curiously geometric, starkly white clifftop overlooking the ocean. Some are standing, a few daredevils are performing handstands or leaping in the air but the vast majority are seated on the chiselled cliff edge, legs dangling 80 metres ...

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Deficit decade: Tony Abbott’s $100 billion black hole


Australia faces more than decade of uninterrupted deficits according to an updated assessment by the independent Parliamentary Budget Office that shows Senate intransigence will carve a $100 billion black hole out of revenue between now and 2025-26. Savings not realised as a result of parliamentary gridlock suggest the budget prediction of a near fiscal balance by 2018-19 is overly optimistic ...

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